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CITROËN’S OSTBERG TAKES EARLY LEAD IN COFFS COAST WORLD RALLY FINALE

2018-11-16T14:10:44+00:00November 16, 2018|

COFFS COAST (NSW) - Norway's Mads Østberg has emerged as leader of Kennards Hire Rally Australia after an incident-packed start to the FIA World Rally Championship finale on the New South Wales Coffs Coast this morning. Ostberg dramatically upped his tempo in the factory Citroen C3 to snatch a 5.4-second lead after the 26.68km Sherwood special stage,  [...]

WRC DRIVERS RACE TOBOGGANS AND SWING THROUGH TREES IN COFFS

2018-11-13T07:06:14+00:00November 13, 2018|

COFFS COAST (NSW) – Contenders for the closest FIA World Rally Championship fight in 15 years struck a mock first blow when they raced each other on toboggans at a Coffs Harbour adventure park on Monday. PHOTO: From front, Sébastien Ogier has the lead from Thierry Neuville and Ott Tänak as the three final WRC [...]

ENTRIES SET FOR COFFS COAST 2018 WORLD RALLY SHOWDOWN

2018-10-24T00:41:25+00:00October 24, 2018|

COFFS COAST (NSW) – The three contenders in a showdown for the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) top a list of 29 entries confirmed for Kennards Hire Rally Australia today. PHOTO: Rally Australia 2017 winner Thierry Neuville hopes to clinch his maiden World Rally Championship at this year’s Coffs Coast event (Hyundai Motorsport pic) [...]

LAPPI THE EARLY LEADER IN CRUCIAL BRITISH WRC ROUND BEFORE AUSTRALIA

2018-10-05T08:43:03+00:00October 5, 2018|

TOYOTA young gun Esapekka Lappi has taken the lead as the crucial British round of the  FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) kicked off in Wales last night. The Finn headed a Toyota Gazoo Racing 1-2 at Dayinsure Wales Rally GB after edging teammate and countryman Jari-Matti Latvala in an opening 1.7 kilometre blast around the [...]

TITLE FIGHT HOTS UP AS TÄNAK REPEATS GERMANY WIN

2018-08-19T22:48:53+00:00August 19, 2018|

OTT Tänak clinched back-to-back ADAC Rallye Deutschland victories on Sunday afternoon following a dramatic final leg. The Estonian won the four-day asphalt encounter by 39.2sec in a Toyota Yaris, repeating his 2017 success and securing a second consecutive WRC win after triumphing in Finland three weeks ago. The result brings third-placed Tänak into closer contention [...]

DOMINANT TÄNAK IN SIGHT OF FINLAND WIN FOR TOYOTA

2018-07-29T08:05:12+00:00July 29, 2018|

FIVE straight stage wins on Saturday carried Toyota driver Ott Tänak closer to a maiden victory in Neste Rally Finland. The Estonian finished 39 seconds ahead of a rejuvenated Mads Østberg and Citroën C3, with whom he fought kilometre by kilometre for top spot in Friday’s opening leg. Tänak’s teammate Jari-Matti Latvala completed the top [...]

NEUVILLE BOOSTS WORLD RALLY LEAD WITH LAST-STAGE TRIUMPH IN ITALY

2018-06-11T01:17:33+00:00June 11, 2018|

THIERRY Neuville snatched a thrilling Rally Italia Sardegna victory on Sunday after edging FIA World Rally Championship title rival Sébastien Ogier in an electrifying, last-stage shootout. PHOTO: Hyundai driver Thierry Neuville (right) and co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul celebrate their thrilling narrow victory in Rally Italia Sardegna (Jaanus Ree/Red Bull Media pic) Neuville trailed Ogier by 0.8sec [...]

MASTERFUL TÄNAK NETS ARGENTINA WRC WIN

2018-04-30T08:25:50+00:00April 30, 2018|

A DOMINANT Ott Tänak scored his third WRC victory and his first for Toyota Gazoo Racing at YPF Rally Argentina early today (Australian time). After dictating the opening two legs, Tänak eased through the classic El Condor and Giulio Cesare stages in the rock-strewn Traslasierra mountains to win the fifth round of the FIA World [...]

DRIVERS WATCH FOR RAIN TO TURN WORLD RALLY RESULT AT AUSTRALIAN FINALE

2017-11-12T22:58:33+00:00November 12, 2017|

COFFS COAST (NSW) – The fastest rally drivers in the world are keeping an eye on the weather as they arrive on the Coffs Coast to wrap up the 20176 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) at Kennards Hire Rally Australia later this week. PHOTO: Relaxing beside Sydney Harbour after a game of beach cricket, World [...]

LAPPI EARNS OZ RETURN WITH TOYOTA WRC

2017-07-21T02:05:04+00:00June 15, 2017|

FINNISH star Esapekka Lappi has earned himself a trip back to Kennards Hire Rally Australia after his stunning performance on Rally Italia Sardegna last weekend. The young Toyota Gazoo team driver, who clinched the WRC2 driver’s title with Skoda at last year’s Rally Australia, finished fourth outright in Sardinia and won six stages including the [...]